I have been doing reining training with my boy, and I am getting to the point where I may need to use protective boots.
I have seen video and photos of high level reining horses with boots and without.
At shows, boots are not approved tack in most classes, but I believe they are acceptable in reining.
why do some ride reining horses with boots and some without?
Should I use them? In training, showing, or both?
What kind should I use? Skid boots (leather/other)? Prof. Choice type, whole leg boots? Front? Back? Both? Polo Wraps?
I don't want to discourage him from sliding by burning his fetlocks - does this actually happen? Would the boots (skid style) cause more harm than good?
I am really torn here about what to do, and could really use some direction. :)
In my opinion boots are a must, but you have to use them properly. As for skid boots, ALWAYS use them when stopping hard, but only when stopping hard. Only use polos or smb boots for hard workouts, this way his muscle will build up and he wont depend on boots for support. My advice is give him a good warmup, then when you are ready for spins, slides, running, ect., put your boots on so he doesn't hurt himself. I prefer polo wraps as i think they offer more muscle support, and for skid boots i like leather, but if your horse gets rubbed easily use neopreme. Hope this helps :D
I'm not a reiner but I believe they wear them to give their legs extra support (They do a lot of movements that can cause stress to joints) and to help during the sliding stop. I'm a big fan of using boots, esp if your horse is older, prone to injury, or if you're doing anything strenuous on their legs. No legs no horse! As far as what kind to use? That probably depends on your horse and what you're doing with him. Like I said, I'm not a reiner so I'll let someone else answer that question. :wink:
It sounds like boots will be a good thing with reining. I used to always use them when barrel racing, but I have seen people with and without boots when reining.
I like the idea of a good warm up before the boots go on. I also think the polo wraps are better for support. How do you work the back legs with polo wraps and then skid boots? Or are just polos okay on the back to protect that area during slides (I would assume the material would get torn up. Are their full leg Prof. choice boots or others that protect for sliding and support the leg? Also, why have I seen some reining horses in major competitions without boots (maybe I am not remembering correctly)?
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